Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A significant number of comments mentioned how comfortable the Dual Fusion X 2 is.
  • It has a very affordable price.
  • Some runners noted that the shoe runs very light.
  • A handful noticed that it looks much better than the price tag shows.
  • The upper is very breathable, according to a few.
  • The cushioning is soft with some responsiveness, noted quite a number.
  • Several observed that the 2nd version of the Dual Fusion X works quite well for other workouts.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A small number of runners were disappointed by the poor quality of the Nike Dual Fusion X 2.
  • A couple of reviewers wanted more room in the toe box.

Bottom line

Nike comes up with the 2nd serving of the Dual Fusion X with more of the same type of performance. It is a lightweight trainer that can handle high-mileage runs or up-tempo trainings. The shoe has adequate arch support, great comfort, and a wallet-friendly price that should excite entry level runners or those looking for hassle-free shoe that works as intended.

Facts

Update:
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.2oz | Women: 7oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 11mm | Women: 11mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Brand: Nike
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $75
Colorways: Blue, Grey, Multi, Orange
Size
Small True to size Large
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  • The Dual Fusion X 2 from Nike features several changes that are found in the upper. Nike eliminates the scree-like midfoot material and now uses engineered mesh all throughout the shoe. The engineered mesh provides better structure and flexibility in the right areas.
  • The new engineered mesh gives Nike the leeway to use printed overlays instead of the thick, synthetic support. Most notable is the removal of the thick toe box protection and parts of the heel. These areas now show welded overlays. Besides reducing weight, the forefoot has more room and lessens the risks of blisters.
  • Nike also redesigned the tongue to mold better the runner’s foot. While it is not overly padded, the tongue traces the contour of the runner’s foot for more comfort and better fit.

The fit of the Dual Fusion X 2 continues to be average in the heel to the forefoot. There is an improved sense of support and security coming from the soft engineered mesh. The midfoot has a very nice wrap courtesy of the Flywire cables. Runners with of different foot dimensions should generally be able to get their best fit in this shoe. The sizing runs true in this shoe.


The underfoot is quite flat with very deep flex grooves in the forefoot for better flexibility. Durability should be answered by the thick carbon rubber in the heel while traction on different surfaces is provided by the blown rubber in the forefoot. The outsole of this shoe is as flexible and durable as the Nike Revolution 4 road shoe.


A dual-density Phylon foam, which is one of Nike’s most trusted technologies, gives a nice blend of firmness and cushioned ride in the Dual Fusion X 2. It offers noticeable responsiveness and decent durability. Because it covers the entire midsole, it helps with the transition through the gait cycle.


The light engineered mesh offers a glove-like fit and superb breathability for runners. Two sets of Flywire cables on each side of the shoe gives excellent midfoot hold and personalized fit. Giving safety in low-light conditions are reflective materials around the shoe. A nicely-padded ankle collar and molded tongue provides plush comfort.

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